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$260,000 worth of drones received by Blue Mountain Community College

$260,000 worth of drones received by Blue Mountain Community College

$260,000 worth of drones received by Blue Mountain Community College through a very generous donation consisting of four unmanned aircraft and associated equipment from Digital Harvest of Camas, Washington.

$260,000 worth of drones received by Blue Mountain Community College

Digital Harvest, which applies remote sensing and data science techniques to solve large scale problems in agriculture, donated the $260,000 worth of drones and associated equipment to Blue Mountain Community College last week in coordination with Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency.

The very generous donation will be used to support UAS courses in Blue Mountain Community College’s agriculture program, as well as the development of BMCC’s new UAS program.

The $260,000 worth of drones includes two multi-rotor Leptron Avenger helicopter drones and two fixed-wing Martin UAV Superbat drones, valued at $50,000 each. In addition, Digital Harvest donated a ground control system and four Piccalo autopilots that integrate into each drone.

“This donation from Digital Harvest raises the bar for the development of our UAS program,” said Wade Muller, Dean of Career-Technical & Community Education at BMCC, according to Fox 1141. “The use of these drones will allow our students to receive relevant and valuable hands-on training to prepare them for a career in agriculture, UAS operations and other in-demand regional opportunities. We are so appreciative to Digital Harvest and Business Oregon for partnering with the College to support our students in such a generous manner.”

The Blue Mountain Community College currently offers courses in drone applications in agriculture as part of their Precision Agriculture program. A full unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program is being developed with the help of the local industry.

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